Preparing For A Road Trip In Your Camper

Custom Design Campervans

A road trip! Sounds like fun right? But it’s important to be prepared. We thought we’d share our top tips on how to prepare your van for safe and convenient travels.

1. Mechanical Check-Up

Before hitting the road, give your campervan a thorough mechanical check-up. This includes:

  • Oil and Fluids: Check and top up oil, coolant, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
  • Tyres: Inspect tyre pressure, tread depth, and look for any signs of wear or damage. Don’t forget to check the spare tire.
  • Brakes: Ensure your brakes are in good working condition, including pads and rotors.
  • Battery: Test your battery to make sure it’s fully charged and free from corrosion.
  • Lights and Signals: Test all headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and interior lights.

If you’re not confident in performing these checks yourself, consider taking your campervan to a mechanic for a pre-trip inspection.

2. Essential Documentation

Ensure all necessary documentation is up to date and easily accessible:

  • Driver’s License and Registration: Make sure your driver’s license and vehicle registration are current.
  • Insurance: Confirm your insurance policy covers your trip and have a copy of the policy on hand.
  • Roadside Assistance: Consider subscribing to a roadside assistance program and keep their contact information handy.
  • Travel Permits: If travelling internationally or through toll roads, ensure you have the necessary permits and passes.

3. Packing Smart

Efficient packing can make or break your road trip experience. Consider the following:

  • Clothing: Pack versatile, weather-appropriate clothing and include layers for varying temperatures.
  • Food and Water: Stock up on non-perishable food items and ensure you have enough drinking water. Portable coolers or fridges are great for perishable items.
  • Cooking Supplies: Bring essential cooking equipment like a portable stove, pots, pans, utensils, and cleaning supplies.
  • First Aid Kit: Have a well-stocked first aid kit that includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, medications, and any personal prescriptions.
  • Tool Kit: Carry a basic tool kit with essentials like screwdrivers, wrenches, duct tape, and a tire repair kit.

4. Comfort and Convenience

Ensure your campervan is equipped for comfort and convenience:

  • Bedding: Have comfortable bedding, pillows, and blankets. Consider memory foam mattresses or mattress toppers for extra comfort.
  • Storage Solutions: Use organisers and storage bins to keep your space tidy and maximise storage.
  • Ventilation: Ensure your campervan has proper ventilation, including window screens and fans, to keep the interior cool and comfortable.
  • Entertainment: Bring books, games, or download movies and music to keep entertained during downtime.

5. Route Planning

Plan your route and be prepared for unexpected changes:

  • Navigation: Use GPS devices or apps like Google Maps. Have paper maps as a backup.
  • Campgrounds and stops: Research and book campgrounds or rest areas in advance. Have a list of alternative stops in case plans change.
  • Weather check: Keep an eye on weather forecasts for your route and destinations. Be prepared for sudden weather changes.
  • Emergency plan: Identify the nearest hospitals, police stations, and repair shops along your route.

6. Safety Measures

Prioritise safety for a worry-free trip:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Have a fire extinguisher on board and ensure it’s easily accessible.
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: Install a carbon monoxide detector to alert you of dangerous gas levels.
  • Lock and Security: Check that all locks are functioning properly. Consider additional security measures like steering wheel locks or motion-sensor lights.

Stay safe and happy travels!